Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except two cats and a collection of finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Just briefly...

Our electricity bill has been huge lately, despite having solar panels.  I have had some experts have a look at our bills and we've been told that we are using more power at night than during theday, hence the high bills.  I've got to stop spending hours online at 2 am (like now)! 

That is not what I was going to write about, I only mentioned it because I want to make this post brief so I can turn the computer off and go to bed!   Ken's second lot of CT scans last week showed that the nodule/tumour  on his lung has shrunk and disappeared, so the threat of cancer is no longer there.  That is good news of course, but the lung specialist said it was no use Ken having a valve put in his lungs as was suggested by the lung surgeon.  Dr G. seems to think it would make no difference to Ken's breathing, but Ken isn't happy with that, and is going back to the surgeon for his advice again.  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Baby birds in our aviaries.

I have just posted photos of our newly fledged Scarlet Chested Parrots, on my birds blog 
for those who are interested.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

It's been a while.

This is why I was going to drop all my blogs a while ago...I just get sidetracked on other things and don't get time to get on here and write about day to day things.  There hasn't much much to to write about, that would interest most people anyway, until last Tuesday.  I gave Ken a gift voucher for his birthday last year.  A "Zoo Experience", behind the scenes with tigers, elephants or orangutans.  He chose the tigers and we finally booked to go on Tuesday.   I took about 60 photos and a few little video clips on my trusty digital camera, and was going to create a blog for them, but haven't got around to doing it. 
Here are a few photos and brief descriptions of an unforgettable day, which Ken says was one of the best birthday gifts he has ever had, and will take the memories to his grave.
While we were waiting for the Zoo guides to take us to the Tiger enclosure, we had a look at the new (to us) aquarium.  Love these seahorses!

We were taken to the tigers' enclosure, given a bucket of raw meat and instructed to put bits of it all over the place to give the tigers a bit of fun finding it.  Once we were back behind the fence, the two males were released from their night time enclosure into this yard.
 They didn't roar at us at any time, just yawned!

 These two girls were our guides.  So friendly and knowledgable.  We spent over half an hour with the tigers.
 There was one other couple with Ken and I, and the man had put a piece of meat up on the tree trunk.  That is his hand holding the Iphone to take a closeup photo.  Look at that paw!
 Ken gazing at at one tiger strolling past him, almost close enough to pat...I wish!
 "Haven't you people had enough of us yet?" he seems to be saying!

 After we left the Tigers, we strolled around and saw a few more beautiful creatures - this peacock had found a shady spot in the elephant enclosure.
 The elephant family.
 My zoo souvenir apron!
 And Ken's zoo souvenir mug. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ode to The Cat

For those who have loved and lost their beautiful cats...I saw this on the Simple Living Forum just now, and copied it to here as I know most of my readers love cats as much as me. 

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.

Author Unknown

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Health reports.

You know you are getting old when you discuss your health with everyone you know whenever you see anyone you know!  Our friends and family in our age group are all saying the same thing to us:  getting old sucks, and don't ask me how I am because you really don't need to know....

Ken finally got to see the thoracic surgeon who has been discussing Ken with the lung specialist, who told him last month that the surgeon was not prepared to operate on Ken's lungs.  But Ken wasn't content to live with that advice, and asked for an appointment to see the surgeon himself.  We went there on Monday this week, and although the news wasn't really very good, at least Ken knows more about his condition.
Dr. S. studied the x-rays and scans, and explained to us why he was reluctant to operate.  He pointed out the nodule on the lastest scan and said it was a cancer, but it was too early to tell if it was benign or malignant.  He said they will monitor it, and if it grows, he will take the risk of operating on Ken to remove the nodule and at the same time remove the worst part of the diseased lung.  Not one to mince his words, he warned Ken that it could go either way.  If it grows and they didn't operate, Ken will die.  If they operate and it is unsuccessful, he will still die.  Take your pick!  So, we are hoping it won't grow any more, in which case Ken will be better off living with the diseased lung, and having to moderate his lifestyle accordingly.  Dr S. said he thinks Ken is doing very well under the circumstances, and should be able to continue as he is for another couple of years if there is no change to the nodule.

I got to see a rheumatologist yesterday, about my continuing aches, some of which have been blamed on the accident I had 40 years ago, as well as osteoarthritis, osteoporisis, and getting old!  After years of treatments by chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, acupuncture, and GPs, I wanted to consult someone who specialises in the field of aches and pains with no known cause.  I took along with me all the X rays and scans I've had in the last 20 years, letters from various doctors and specialists, and a list of the areas which are bothering me (neck, back, knees and feet). 

Dr L. glanced briefly at them, and asked me a lot of questions which seemed to me quite irrelevant, then he gave me a physical examination without removing any of my clothes.  Stranger and stranger, I thought.  When I asked him about it, he said that he looks beyond what everyone else sees, and going by my responses, thinks I may have another form of arthritis, as my symptoms aren't the usual signs of osteoarthritis.  I know there are many forms of arthritis, but I've been told so often that I have the osteo version, I've just gone along with it, although come to think of it, one person did say it wasn't osteo - the Chinese medicine doctor who has used acupuncture on me successfully several times.  Dr L. has booked me in for a blood test and a bone scan, so I have to make an appointment to get that done soon, as he wants to see me in 3 weeks' time.

In the meantime, Ken and I are in our fourth week at Shapemaster Studio, doing 45 minutes exercise three times a week.  We are both feeling marginally better for it, so we are going to stick at it for another six months, as some of the other (older) people who have been going there for a few months have told us it has greatly improved their fitness level.

Well, you didn't ask, but you got it - our health report!  Sorry about that, but I needed to document it for personal reasons, and decided this was as good a place as any.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Garden furniture

We went shopping today.  Actually went to look for a kitten at the Cat Protection Society, but they were closed, so we ended up at The Greenery in Templestowe to look at garden furniture for our front yard.  We bought this, just what I had in mind for this little spot!  Also bought some more plants to fill in some empty spots, of which we still have many, but that's okay.  A few at a time when we see something that appeals, is the way we prefer to build up our garden. Landscapers like to make you buy a hundred plants all at once and put them all in at random, but that's not our way.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Front yard finished!

Tony will be back for one more day, to finish putting a  hand rail up by the brick steps, and to do a last minute general tidy up.  We are extremely pleased with what he has done with our garden;  a neighbour asked me yesterday if we are selling our home, as when most people are going to sell their house, the first thing they do is tidy up the front yard!  I said we weren't spending all that money on renovations for the benefit of a buyer - we plan to enjoy it ourselves for a few years yet!
The whole garden has now been mulched and planted out.  Tony is of the opinion that we don't have enough plants, but we don't want to live in a jungle.  Most of the plants will grow to about 1 or 2 metres high, and a metre wide, so we are giving them room to spread.

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